A missing soldier from Washington, Indiana is being laid to rest Wednesday, more than 60 years after his death.
Lt. Col. Don Faith Jr.’s remains were recovered from the Korean Peninsula in 2004. But he was last seen near that spot in 1950 while fighting in the Korean War.
Faith took over command during combat at the Chosin Reservoir after his commander went missing but in December of 1950 he was injured by shrapnel and presumably died shortly after.
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
American Foreign Legion Adjunct Hugh Dagley says soldiers deserve to be brought home, no matter how long it has been.
“What I think is important about bringing home the remains of fallen soldiers is that we complete a promise that we made to the families and to the soldiers themselves,” Dagley says. “We would never leave them behind, we would never give up the hunt for them.”
Faith was identified using dental records and DNA tests. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.